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Running Head: THE WIZARD OF OZ 1 The Wizard of Oz Jaemey T. Matherly Eng 225 Introduction to Film Nathan Pritts July 17, 2016
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THE WIZARD OF OZ 2 The Wizard of Oz Stage 1 Analysis If there is one movie that will still be known a hundred years after its creation it will be The Wizard of Oz. In 1939, The Wizard of Oz was created using a new technique at the time called technicolor. The Wizard of Oz is such a widely analyzed film because so much time and money went into the production of this classic. This movie has stood the test of time primarily for its life lessons. Although there are many different ways this film could be analyzed, I believe that the formalist approach works the best. A formalist approach to film analysis focuses on the basic elements such as sound and cinematography ( Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Using a formalist approach will allow me to focus on things like plot and why certain aesthetic choices were used in the making of The Wizard of Oz. By picking apart the classic film I will be able to find out why the film is accepted so well. To find out why The Wizard of Oz is so successful I must first look at who participated in the creation of this film. There were many directors of the original film but the only director that gets primary credit for the film is Victor Fleming. The film was based off a book written by Frank Baum and adapted by Noel Langley. All of the Cinematography magic was worked by Harold Rosson. The main actors and actresses are Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as The Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as The Tin Man, and Judy Garland as Dorothy. Interestingly enough, the part of Dorothy was originally to be played by Shirley Temple. Judy Garland was not a well-known actress at the time and kicked off her career by being the star of this classic film. The wizard of Oz is considered Fantasy in genre due to its adventure taking place in the wonderful world of Oz. According to the American Film Institute, the fantasy genre is defined as
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THE WIZARD OF OZ 3 “Where live-action characters inhabit imagined settings and / or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world” (American Film Institute, 2014, para. 5). The Wizard of Oz is such a classic because of the great story/plot that is expressed in this film. The difference between story and plot is that the story is the entirety of what happens while the plot is how you get there. The story of Oz is one full of adventure and fantasy. Dorothy is a young girl from Kansas that lives on a small farm with little money. A tornado hits Dorothy’s house that transports her to the wonderful land of Oz. Dorothy and her dog toto follow the yellow brick road toward the beautiful Emerald City. Along the way Dorothy meets some unlikely friends to help her find her way home. Dorothy and her new found friends must find their way to the wizard so that she can find her way back to Kansas.
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